Youth Firestarter Prevention

About Youth Firesafety Intervention Resource Education (Y-FIRE)

In the State of Kansas we currently have two Y-FIRE coalitions, which are geared to help boys and girls that are involved with unsupervised, experimental, mischievous or illegal use of fire.

The Fire & Burn Safety Alliance of South Central Kansas

Contact: Judd Gifford
Email Judd Gifford

This alliance covers the following counties:

  • Butler
  • Cowley
  • Harvey
  • Kingman
  • Reno
  • Sedgwick
  • Sumner

Youth Fire Intervention Team

(Y-FIT) of Eastern Kansas

Contact: Tracey DeVader, City of Shawnee Fire Department
Phone: 913-742-6105
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Firefighters Speaking to Young Kids

About the Coalitions

These coalitions provide ideas and tips for fire prevention, home safety checklists, brochures, community awareness presentations, and home exit drills. Intervention for youths already known to have dangerous fire-setting habits can take many forms. Because each community has different resources available each Y-FIRE coalition will be different. Intervention can take place in the form of:

  • Age-Appropriate Lesson Plans
  • Case Conferences and Training for Mental Health Professionals
  • Community Service and Restitution Programs
  • Court Referral
  • Diversion Programs
  • Fire-Safety Academics
  • Peer Training Opportunities
  • Referral to Counseling Services
  • Referral to Inpatient Treatment Centers
  • Teen Court Referral
  • Victim Offender Mediation